Reacting to the Gujarat High Court’s quashing of the 10 per cent economically weaker sections (EWS) quota, Minister of Health and one of the front runners for the chief minister’s post Nitin Patel put the blame on the Congress and said that the PILs were filed by groups allied to it.
The Gujarat HC quashed and set aside the ordinance of 10 per cent quota for EWS in educational institutions and government jobs.
While adding that the government would move the Supreme Court, he said, The letters written by Hardik Patel (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convenor) and representations made by Sardar Patel Group leader Lalji Patel to chief minister Anandiben Patel had clearly stated that they wanted economic quota and that they did not want OBC quota and that is what we did. He added that Hardik Patel had clearly stated that PAAS wanted reservations on the lines of Rajasthan.
Speaking to mediapersons Thursday, Patel who was the minister heading the seven-member panel talking to the Patidars during the agitation, suggested that the Congress which had demanded 20 per cent quota instead of 10 per cent, should have joined in the case as third party, in support, instead of opposing it by proxy.
Reacting to the observation of the HC that the Gujarat government did not conduct any survey on the need for quota among upper castes before arriving at the decision, Patel said, “This was not a caste based quota, so the question of survey did not arise.” He added that the Gujarat government had studied the Rajasthan and Haryana high court judgments before arriving at this quota.